Anyone who has ever worked with kids knows that they learn best through play. Physical movement engages certain parts of their brains without any of the chore-like feelings, or feelings of resistance. Furthermore, when they participate in fitness activities as a group there is a sense of camaraderie and group accomplishment which feels even more rewarding and promotes social growth. Here are several things they will learn by participation:
Love of An Active Lifestyle
The most effective way to teach children is to make them life-long learners. It is super easy to get them interested in physical activities because of their natural inclination towards play; it’s fun! When they get to do these activities in a social way, they learn how fitness is rewarding for them. They will have positive associations with exercise that can grow and last a lifetime.
Children must learn how to work with others and how to interact in a productive manner. Doing so will benefit them in the present, working on group projects, playing nicely with friends, and getting along with their siblings. It will also impact their futures as they will have to work with colleagues, bosses, and even friends for the rest of their lives. Group fitness activities give an opportunity during play to learn how to problem-solve to achieve a common goal. This promotes positive experiences with collaboration.
Develop Social and Communication Skills
During these physical play activities, children will practise listening and awareness, leading and following; they will learn how to share, how to compromise, to communicate what they need or want. They will gain experience of when to be confident and go for it, and when it is appropriate to back down. They will even learn things like how to accept not winning sometimes, or not always getting what they want.
Improve Academic Performance
Exercise is known to increase cognitive functions in the brain and encourage brain growth, as well as improve focus. When the hippocampus is more actively stimulated, the brain’s ability to learn and memorize is improved. Also, exercise boosts mood. Humans, especially children, learn better when they are in a better mood. Studies show that children who participate more regularly in aerobic fitness have better concentration, faster reaction to questioning and better ability to multitask.
How to Use Their Bodies
Of course, physical activities will encourage the development of children’s motor skills and muscles. They will learn naturally how they feel when they strain these muscles just the right amount to build them, without overdoing it. Experts say that children should participate in at least an hour’s worth of high-intensity aerobic exercise per day. Additionally, kids will develop a sense of hand-eye coordination which will certainly come in handy later.
By exercising regularly in groups, kids will do better in school, have better physical and mental health, and also become better socialised. With a body well taken care of, they will feel good and be able to focus on other things to learn. They will make friends more easily, concentrate more easily, feel less stressed and have more energy. There are plenty of gyms in Sydney where kids can participate in such group fitness activities. Get them started today!